SEARCHING FOR JUSTICE Sentencing Statement
Masaud Ahmad Khan's Statement to the Court
June 15, 2004 | Virginia, USA
All Praise is to Allah and may the peace and blessings be upon Mohammed,
(SAS) and may peace be on the one who follows the guidance.
I kindly request the Court's indulgence to give me a chance to completely
express myself before my life is sentenced away.
I am an American citizen, born in this country, and will always maintain my
innocence of conspiring and intending to bring any harm upon the American people.
I have no doubt that I am innocent of the charges brought against me and that
surely justice will prevail in good time.
We can find many instances in U.S. history of justice being served in all fairness
through laws finding their source ultimately from divine revelation. We can also
find unfortunately examples of injustices replete in U..S. history.
Injustices you will find are due to biasness or due to man-made laws created to
serve for baser motives, having no foundation in divine scriptures. One good
example from many of these injustices was the selected prosecution of African
Americans using segregation laws, and to quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
who during his incarceration in Birmingham Jail, wrote so eloquently in a letter
to his fellow clergymen who rebuked him for the defense he was taking on behalf
of true justice:
"How does one determine whether if a law is just or unjust? A just law is a
man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law
is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law;" To put it in the terms
of St. Thomas Aquinas: "An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in
eternal law and natural law, any law that uplifts human personality is just.
Any law that degrades human personality is unjust."
In other words what Dr. King was saying or alluding to was in order for there to
be true justice and freedom for mankind from oppression in all its various forms
and colors, one must live and judge by divine laws that are established
for us by our Creator.
It was with this in mind that prophets were sent to free man from being lured to
the worship of creation in any shape or form by setting up rivalries with God,
either be it in the form of other gods, supposedly deified beings or inanimate
objects, or one's own base desires that lead to vices in the name of freedom,
and even by worshipping each other by giving man the authority to formulate
laws for which God has sent no such authority.
This is the true essence of Islam from Adam all the way down to Mohammed, peace
be upon them all in its unadulterated form. It is only with these two aspects
that man becomes truly free and just, by giving absolute worship to their creator,
and by governing all their affairs with a system provided for them by God.
It is only logical that as our creator has fixed for us laws in the great expanse
of the universe running its course in a sublime and systematic way that ensures our
well being. He has also provided laws for mankind on earth to govern their lives
in a just and balanced way. Islam doesn't advocate in any way for us to shun the
material advancements of this world, but rather encourages us to live this life to
the fullest without ever losing focus of our ultimate goal and achievement,
which is eternal life in the Hereafter.
I felt it imperative to try and clarify this viewpoint of Islam, since the
government has tried to say that I am following a brand of Islam that is ruthless,
demonic, and which tries to force its will upon others. There can be nothing
further from the truth. I as a Muslim want nothing more than to bring about
awareness and change from those who continually seek to oppress mankind by taking
away their enlightenment in worshipping one God and giving Him full judgment in all
their affairs. Sadly, we can see in this country and countries all over the world
a conspiracy to drive religion from the lives of people in their courtrooms,
schools, and in general. The people behind this great conspiracy seek only to
manipulate and control the great masses by leading them blindly to their
subservience in order to achieve their evil gains.
Even Muslims today here in America and abroad have fallen victims to this plot.
Muslims have become divided amongst each other in enmity only because they have
been led astray from the basic foundation of their beliefs that the full
worship and judgment belong only to God. There are those who have forced
themselves upon the Muslims as their so-called leaders in our local mosques and
organizations by setting up a system of manmade bylaws in order to secure their
position and agenda over the Muslims. The Muslims need to bring an end to this
since it is only through their well-intended charitable resources that such
individuals flourish, leading to nothing but dissention and disbelief.
The Muslims must bring back truth and justice to their communities by insisting
that all worship and judgment belong only to God. And they must maintain this
belief in concept, and practice under only one common leader, known for his
knowledge and practice, to represent all Muslims. It is only in this way that
oppression can be removed from us, and it is only in this way that we will be
able to set a good example for others.
I believe that due to the lack of evidence in this case, it is for these beliefs
that I have been found guilty in a preemptive way. This case is a clear example
of selective prosecution and to put it bluntly, even though it may cause distaste
with some, had I been a Zionist Jew or Christian who trained in Israel to fight
against the Palestinians, I would have never been initially charged with violating
the Neutrality Act, nor do I think Mr. Kromberg would have ever dreamed of
indicting me if that were the case.
Nevertheless, as I have stated earlier, justice will soon prevail more so in the
near Hereafter when all injustices will be addressed in an everlasting judgment.
I am thankful for all the support everyone has given me, especially my Mother,
my family, and those who have been foremost in coming to my aid. I pray that
God may protect and preserve them and their families.
Subhana kala hummaa wa bi-hamdik ashhadu an la ilaha illa anta astag siruka wa atubu ilayk.
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